Got HGTV envy? Transform your home with a HELOC

Got HGTV envy? Transform your home with a HELOC

August 4th, 2016 Mindy Atkinson

Cable channels like HGTV and DIY Network are filled with TV shows about home renovation projects that document the ins and outs of bringing old, dilapidated properties back into the current century. “Love it or List it,” “Rehab Addict,” “Yard Crashers” and “Design on a Dime” are just a few examples. It’s hard to watch […]

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Note from Charlie – a banking checklist

August 4th, 2016 Charlie Funk

Two months ago, I conveyed four of Jamie Dimon’s thoughts concerning what any bank – large or small – must do to succeed and regain the public’s trust. As I said then, the public’s trust in our industry was shaken by the financial crisis of 2008-10 and Mr. Dimon’s “checklist” seemed appropriate to share. Here, […]

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How to keep your financial information safe online – our best tips

July 29th, 2016 madmin

Identity theft – it happens every day. Whether it’s fake emails or dumpster diving, identity thieves are very resourceful and use lots of different techniques to steal people’s private information. It’s important to remember that it’s up to you to protect your identity. It requires much less work to take precautions against this crime than […]

Business line of credit vs. credit card vs. loan – what’s best?

Business line of credit vs. credit card vs. loan – what’s best?

July 15th, 2016 Niki Prom

As a small business owner you’ll inevitably need capital to start, build or grow your business. How to acquire that funding is up to you. And that prospect can be overwhelming when considering the myriad of other decisions, you’re likely facing in operating your business. While there are multiple options available to secure funding, business […]

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Think like an investor or banker when pitching your business

July 7th, 2016 Cathy Rottinghaus

Pitching a business idea is a daunting task, even for experienced business owners, much less new entrepreneurs. You may have a great idea, but if you need investment capital to launch or grow your business, it’s vital to prepare carefully when pitching your company to investors. Put yourself in an investor’s shoes to consider why […]

Charlie Funk

A note from Charlie – online banking tips

July 7th, 2016 Charlie Funk

At a recent community event, a distinguished senior citizen who is a former leader in our community approached me.  He said, “we need a banking for geezers” class. Say that again? What this man wanted was more information from his banker in terms of technology. As he said “we geezers know this stuff is good, […]

9 ways to protect your financial information from ID theft

9 ways to protect your financial information from ID theft

July 1st, 2016 Kari Nelson

Just like budgeting or retirement planning, identify theft is one of those money management tasks that most people know they need to pay attention to, but many brush it off for another day. Sure – identity theft is a big problem, but what are the chances it will actually happen to you? This attitude can […]

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Three identity theft tools to know: fraud alerts, credit freezes and ID theft reports

June 17th, 2016 Deborah Engfer

Identity theft can happen to anyone, and it can feel scary, frustrating and overwhelming. When it does happen, you can regain control by taking certain steps. We’ll help you understand fraud alerts, credit freezes and identity theft reports – how to create them and why they’re important. Fraud alerts If your wallet has been lost/stolen […]

Businesses are vulnerable to ID theft

How to protect your business from business ID theft

June 9th, 2016 Cory Ahrendsen

Think identity theft only impacts individuals? Think again! Business identity theft, also known as corporate or commercial ID theft, is a very real threat for business of all sizes. In the case of a business, a criminal will hijack a business’s identity and use it to establish lines of credit with banks or retailers. This […]

Charlie Funk

Note from Charlie – a prescription for success

June 9th, 2016 Charlie Funk

The big banks have come in for more than their fair share of criticism over the past eight years. While some of it is undoubtedly merited, some isn’t and there is much to learn from some of their “best practices.” One of my favorite spring pastimes is to read the CEO’s letter in various bank […]

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